Spider Tortoise

Scientific Name:

  • Pyxis arachnoides arachnoides


  • Pattern of shell looks like spider web.
  • These tortoises are most active in the morning, feeding in the morning is good.
  • In the late afternoon and evening, they seems not to be so active and trying to seek for shaded place to hide and rest.
  • Provide a place for them to hide, they need certain level of security.
  • Naturally, they will dig for a place to hide and shade.
  • Do not need large space.
  • Need constant access to water, regular soaking required.
  • In captivity, they are quite sensitive, try to take extra care for these tortoises. Suggest for experienced tortoises keeper.


  • Naturally found in Madagascar



  • Normally single egg from a clutch


  • Adult size from 6 inches to 8 inches

Life Span:

  • 30 to 50 years


  • Herbivorous. This tortoise only takes vegetables and fruits.
  • Almost any fruits and vegetables will feed them.
  • Vegetables: Cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms.
  • Fruits: Green or yellow squash, apple, pear, or melons
  • Flower and leaves.
  • Mixture of the above is recommended to provide more balanced nutritious food.
  • They are quite picky about the food, try several mixture to get their favorite.

Habitat and Vivarium Housing:

  • Dessert-like habitat – dry woodlands, sand dunes, or brushlands.
  • The natural habitat temperature for this tortoise is ranging from 4°C to 42°C.
  • Thus try to keep them within 14°C to 33°C.
  • The most optimum temperature is around 28°C.
  • In term of humidity, they enjoy 75% to 78%.